Zimbardo Systemic Engagement

Zimbardo Systemic Engagement


6 Hours | 6 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on Zimbardo Systemic Engagement is presented by Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

This program exposes participants to cutting edge, evidence-based perspectives on wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, systemic engagement, social justice heroism, resilience, prejudice, the power of unjust situational forces and how to resist them, values congruence, growth mindset orientation, and socio-centrism. The program builds on a rich fund of literature, primarily social psychology perspectives reliant on Professor Philip Zimbardo’s life work, as well as many other lines of research. These perspectives have been adapted to a friendly psycho-educational format, in order to facilitate new insights about well-being, our shared sense of humanity, and the nature of systemic engagement. This is not a clinical program, and it is not psychotherapy. Rather, lessons in this program are presented in the format of psycho-educational lessons, to increase intellectual understanding of topic matters, as well as one’s sense of resilience, self and social awareness, care for yourself and for those around you, recognition and acceptance of our shared humanity. This program strives to facilitate further exploration of opportunities to connect more deeply and more effectively with various people in your personal and professional social spheres.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists as well as individuals and organizations who are interested in resilience and diversity and inclusion training. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians. 

Upon completion of this training program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe enhanced skills of empathic listening
  • Offer accurate reflections, emotional tracking, and capacity for caring
  • Describe their own thinking process (e.g. critical/fixed based mindset or growth/reassurance oriented)
  • Describe their own automatic responses of mindlessness and choice mechanisms that can lead to this
  • Describe the specific nature of group conformity, and our automatic tendency to go along with group norms without exercising critical thinking
  • Describe the specific stages of conformity, how they show up in the research, as well as how they might show up in personal life experiences
  • Describe how the mechanisms of non-egalitarian modes of conduct emerge and sustain themselves in everyday social circumstances
  • Describe different forms of misattribution and how their resultant outcomes show up in personal and extended social spheres

About Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Palo Alto University and Stanford University, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the “voice and face of contemporary American psychology” through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment, authoring the oldest current textbook in psychology, “Psychology and Life”, in its 18th Edition, and his popular trade books on shyness. He is also the past president of the American Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association and served as the Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) representing 63 scientific, math and technical associations (with 1.5 million members).

Zimbardo is currently an Emeritus Professor at Palo Alto University. He is also Emeritus Professor at Stanford University (professor since 1968) and taught previously at Yale, NYU, Columbia University, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, and writer, for his service to the profession. His more than 300 professional publications and 50 books convey his research interests in the domain of social psychology.

Zimbardo heads a philanthropic foundation in his name to promote student education in his ancestral Sicilian towns. He was an expert witness for one of the soldiers in the Abu Ghraib Prison abuses, and has studied the interrogation procedures used by the military in that and other prisons as well as by Greek and Brazilian police torturers.

Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually ‘give psychology away to the public’, Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the U.S. Government’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System.

Most recently, Zimbardo launched the Heroic Imagination Project to pursue his vision of heroism as the antidote to evil. This vision came during the writing of his landmark, New York Times bestselling book, “The Lucifer Effect”, and has held his focus for more than ten years.

Course Outline

  • Program introduction and empathic listening
  • Learning about fixed and growth mind, cultivating a growth mindset
  • Situational awareness – Recognizing our social environment and how situational forces can exert power over us, learning to hold our ground
  • Social conformity – Delving more deeply into group conformity, ways to avoid submission to unjust authority, and cultivation of agency
  • Bystander – Learning about the merit of bystandership, the importance of bringing it into our lives, and the ways to do it wisely and effectively
  • Prejudice and discrimination – Understanding bias, its impact, and how to address it in order to reverse it into understanding and acceptance
  • Misattributions and stereotype threat – Learning how we fall into seeing ourselves in negative fashions and how to respond effectively
  • Consolidation: What have we taken from this program,
    how have we grown, and how it will impact our life

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 6 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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